Just got back from the one day convention in Weston-Super-Mare and it was an excellent convention. It was organised by Barrie Savage and his dedicated team. The line up was outstanding with Geoffrey Durham, Ian Keeble, Graham Jolly, David Stone, Etienne Pradier and yours truly.
I presented a total of six shows to audiences up 50 in each of the three rooms. The performances were split up into two sessions of three. The audience response and feedback was great and I felt good about the impact my work had on the audience.
I spent sometime perusing the dealers and caught up with my friend Andi Gladwin. Along with Joshua Jay, Andi runs a very successful business called VANHISHINinc MAGIC.
If you haven’t done so yet, do pay this website a visit as it is an excellent resource for close-up magicians. Andi and Joshua are very committed to providing quality material and the best teaching possible. Also they are conscientious about bringing only the best material to your desktop.
- One thing I loved about this convention was the performing conditions. There were three rooms and between Etienne, David and myself, we worked the three rooms with each performance lasting approximately fifteen minutes. The interesting distinction about the show was the fact that it was labelled ”The Close-up Show”.
- To my way of thinking, close-up magic is presented to minimum of five people or less around a table. If you look at the photograph below, you can see that it was a big room holding about 5o people. This meant that I had to calibrate my show for a stand-up parlour presentation.
Close-up magic for a magic convention doesn’t exist anymore because of the volume of people. One thing I have learned is to develop the ability to calibrate my performance to accommodate the conditions. This level of flexibility guarantees a successful outcome and performance.